The Mariners Wednesday claimed RHP A.J. Schugel off waivers from the Arizona Diamondbacks and, to make room on the 40-man roster, designated LHP Tyler Olson for assignment. The 26-year-old Schugel made his MLB debut last season after spending six years in the minors, appearing in five games in relief.
Schugel posted a 5.00 ERA with five strikeouts in two stints with the D-Backs. He split his minor league season between AAA Mobile and AAA Reno, combining to go 9-9 with a 4.84 ERA with 79 strikeouts in 21 starts.
In six minor league seasons in the Angels and Diamondbacks organizations, Schugel posted a 32-34 record with a 4.04 ERA and 497 strikeouts in 139 games, including 109 starts.
Schugel was originally selected by the Angels in the 25th round of the 2010 draft out of Central Arizona College (Coolidge, AZ).
Olson, 26, began last season with the Mariners and appeared in 11 games as a reliever (1-1, 5.40 ERA) before going on the 15-day disabled list with a right knee contusion. With AAA Tacoma, Olson went 3-5 with a 4.47 ERA in 25 games, including six starts.
In three minor league seasons in the Seattle organization, Olson went 17-17 with a 3.86 ERA in 70 games including 41 starts. He was drafted by Seattle in the seventh round of the 2013 draft.
The Mariners’ 40-man roster remains full.